Who’s not impressed with Andrew Luck? Colts season ticket holders, apparently
Andrew Luck, runner up for the 2010 Heisman Trophy, decided to go back to school for the 2011 season despite speculation that he could have been the number one overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft. That decision paved the way for Cam Newton to become the undisputed number one pick to Carolina, and opened the door for Luck to become the number one pick in 2012. Not much has happened to change that perception, despite Phil Simms trying to get people to notice him and Robert Griffin III putting on a highlight reel of a season and winning the Heisman, giving Luck “back-to-back Heisman runner up status” to put on his resume. The Indianapolis Colts officially named Luck their choice with top pick in Thursday’s draft, ending the speculation that nobody was really having, and are set to pick first overall for the first time since they picked Peyton Manning (now a Denver Bronco) in 1998. Replacing one number one pick with another? That must have Colts fans pretty excited after it worked out so well last time, right?
From the Indianapolis Star:
For the first time since 2003, season tickets will be available. Chief Operating Office Pete Ward confirmed Tuesday evening that approximately 4,000 could go on sale for the team’s games for the 2012 season at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Colts experienced an 87 percent renewal rate of season ticket holders, which exhausted a waiting list that had hovered around 10,000.
Yes, the Colts went from a waiting list of 10,000 people who couldn’t WAIT to get their hands on some tickets…to having 4,000 empty seats. That’s a pretty big swing, and not a great show of faith for the incoming signal caller.
Of course, these fans are spoiled, and have a history of fickle fandom. They enjoyed one of the longest runs of regular season success in the history of the NFL with Peyton Manning at quarterback, where 10-win seasons were a guarantee. Maybe it isn’t that they don’t necessarily believe in Andrew Luck, but maybe they’ll just wait for him to become the most prolific passer in the NFL and single handedly win the AFC South before they start coming out again.
It could also be the complete demolition of the roster that the Colts underwent after their disastrous 2-14 season. In addition to Manning, almost every recognizable name on offense and defense got cut to pave the way for a new foundation that hopefully wouldn’t be so completely reliant on their quarterback being historically good every single week. So, while there may not be a full house coming out to see Andrew Luck when he takes the field for the first time as the Colts quarterback, maybe that will be a good thing. Sometimes, it’s best to figure out who the hell you’re going to throw to when everybody isn’t watching.